People’s Democratic Party

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The dream of the founding fathers of any political party in the world is for their members to share the same vision with them, to follow their footsteps, and to preserve their enduring legacies. These are naturally what the successive members of the party are supposed to uphold especially when the vision and legacies meet the challenges of their time. But when the reverse is the case as a result of unexpected changes in the political equation, immediate changes must be effected in the party to avert colossal defeat during elections. The founding fathers of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had a controversial informal agreement sometimes in 2002 of rotating (zoning) of strategic elective positions along the country’s north and south axis. Their motive was for the party to gain national acceptability from the diverse ethnic groups in the country and to most importantly meet the agitation of the people of the south western part of the country. Now that PDP had dominated the political atmosphere in the country; with relative national acceptability and no any scores to settle with the people of any part of the country, the zoning arrangement must be jettisoned to create an egalitarian Nigerian state. With the demise of our beloved President Umaru Yar’adua--a northerner, and the ascension of his deputy, Vice President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan-- a southerner to the seat of power before the formal termination of Yar’dua’s first-four-year tenure in 2011, the political equation has been significantly altered. This incident had caused tension in the political arena, with the conservatives mostly from the northern part of the country insisting that the current president should not contest, per the gentleman agreement reached in 20... ... middle of paper ... ...s to meet the aspirations of the 150 million Nigerians. Although a non-PDP member may not care so much on the zoning agreement in the PDP, but it is important that Nigerians should pressure the party to do the right thing because, whatever decision the party takes, it will affect us all. In view of the aforementioned fact, we must be ready to throw our weights on any matter that will directly or indirectly affect us as a nation. We must, as a matter of urgency, address other issues like electoral reform and strict compliance with the rule of law, zero tolerance for corruption and fight any form of undemocratic tendencies by our leaders. Finally, cancelling the zoning agreement is just one step forward in consolidating the gains of democracy in the country. We must take the advantage of the present situation and press for a meaningful change that we all believe in.

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